Bearcats Lose Collaros, Lose to West Virginia

The Cincinnati Bearcats took their first conference loss 24-21 to the West Virginia Mountaineers today. UC falls to 7-2, 3-1. West Virginia is 7-3, 3-2. The major story of the game is that Zombie Zach Collaros left the game in the second quarter with a lower leg injury. Sophomore Munchie Legaux got off to a rocky start, but played well. He was 10-21 for 144 yards and an INT on his first or second throw. He ran for 77 yards, although 72 of them came on a huge run and his 7 yard TD. Isaiah Pead was his Isaiah Pead self. He ran for 113 yards and 2 TDs, while getting 67 yards in the air. 

The game was very winnable.  The coaching staff made a lot of questionable decisions late. It started with punting to Tavon Austin, who KILLED UC all day long. Austin returned a punt into practically FG range. With 2:30 left, Jones let the clock run out instead of using 1 of his 2 timeouts. He was lucky that WV missed a short FG to keep the score within 3. 

Munchie made up for the gaff by hitting Kenbrell Thompkins, 67 yards, for a 34 yard strike. He hit Thopmkins with another pass to the 21. UC went uber conservative, run, short pass, all while letting the clock run. On 3rd down, they chose to play for the tie, calling a QB draw that got nothing. Jones let the clock run, then called timeout. That part is cool. What’s not cool is that he then called another timeout, icing his own kicker. That gave WV time to get a block ready. UC has given up 5 or 6 blocked kicks before this. As you know, the Miliano kick was blocked. Cincinnati lost. They lost because they played for the tie. If Collaros was in, they would have played for the win. Jones didn’t give Munchie a chance to be the hero. He didn’t give Pead the ball on a screen or pass to the flat. He didn’t give Thompkins or WoodsMcClung a chance to win. If Jones chose to not go for the win because Legaux threw a pass that was broken up by Keith Tandy, that’s bullshit.

On the bright side, Louisville lost. That means everyone but UC has 2 losses. The final 3 are all winnable, and UC should be favored. They play @ Rutgers, @ Syracuse and v UConn. We don’t know how long Collaros will be out yet, but Munchie played well the longer he was in. He had a solid game. I trust him. That doesn’t mean the road won’t be hard without Zombie though.

this was just a frustrating game. It was like South Florida, but painful. This is why YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME, kids. Sigh. This one hurts.  

Box score via ESPN

Team Stat Comparison

West Virginia Cincinnati
1st Downs 19 15
3rd down efficiency 5-16 4-15
4th down efficiency 0-0 0-1
Total Yards 404 404
Passing 376 214
Comp-Att 30-44 17-32
Yards per pass 8.5 6.7
Rushing 28 190
Rushing Attempts 31 33
Yards per rush 0.9 5.8
Penalties 13-95 5-45
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles lost 1 1
Interceptions thrown 0 1
Possession 36:00 23:54

West Virginia Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Geno Smith 30/44 376 8.5 1 0
Team 30/44 376 8.5 1 0
Cincinnati Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Munchie Legaux 10/21 144 6.9 0 1
Zach Collaros 7/11 70 6.4 0 0
Team 17/32 214 6.7 0 1
West Virginia Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Andrew Buie 5 23 4.6 0 12
Dustin Garrison 11 13 1.2 0 7
Shawne Alston 7 6 0.9 1 5
Tavon Austin 1 6 6.0 0 6
Geno Smith 7 -20 -2.9 0 5
Team 31 28 0.9 1 12
Cincinnati Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Isaiah Pead 19 113 5.9 2 40
Munchie Legaux 8 77 9.6 1 65
George Winn 2 3 1.5 0 2
Zach Collaros 4 -3 -0.8 0 7
Team 33 190 5.8 3 65
West Virginia Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LG
Tavon Austin 9 125 13.9 0 39
Stedman Bailey 5 102 20.4 1 59
Dustin Garrison 5 30 6.0 0 16
Devon Brown 2 25 12.5 0 15
Willie Milhouse 1 24 24.0 0 24
Ivan McCartney 2 20 10.0 0 17
Andrew Buie 2 17 8.5 0 20
Tyler Urban 1 15 15.0 0 15
Ryan Nehlen 1 8 8.0 0 8
Shawne Alston 1 6 6.0 0 6
J.D. Woods 1 4 4.0 0 4
Team 30 376 12.5 1 59
Cincinnati Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LG
Isaiah Pead 5 67 13.4 0 45
Kenbrell Thompkins 5 67 13.4 0 34
D.J. Woods 2 27 13.5 0 15
Anthony McClung 2 20 10.0 0 17
Adrien Robinson 1 17 17.0 0 17
Alex Chisum 1 13 13.0 0 13
Travis Kelce 1 3 3.0 0 3
Team 17 214 12.6 0 45
West Virginia Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
Tavon Austin 3 65 21.7 26 0
Stedman Bailey 1 23 23.0 23 0
Team 4 88 22.0 26 0
Cincinnati Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
Ralph Abernathy 3 57 19.0 22 0
Travis Kelce 1 12 12.0 12 0
Team 4 69 17.3 22 0
West Virginia Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
Tavon Austin 3 50 16.7 26 0
Team 3 50 16.7 26 0
Cincinnati Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
Danny Milligan 1 6 6.0 6 0
Team 1 6 6.0 6 0
West Virginia Kicking
FG PCT LG XP PTS
Tyler Bitancurt 1/3 33.3 28 3/3 6
Team 1/3 33.3 28 3/3 6
Cincinnati Kicking
FG PCT LG XP PTS
Tony Miliano 0/2 0.0 0 3/3 3
Team 0/2 0.0 0 3/3 3
West Virginia Punting
NO YDS AVG TB -20 LG
Michael Molinari 7 260 37.1 1 2 58
Team 7 260 37.1 1 2 58
Cincinnati Punting
NO YDS AVG TB -20 LG
Pat O’Donnell 6 256 42.7 0 1 61
Team 6 256 42.7 0 1 61

 

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